Confused About Face Covering Guidance? Read the New TMA FAQ
By Joey Berlin

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are coursing through millions of bloodstreams, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has relaxed some of its recommendations on masking, it might be difficult for you to keep track of the current state of face coverings – and how it affects your practice.

Fortunately, the Texas Medical Association has you covered with answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) on face mask requirements of the moment.

A new TMA FAQ, Current Face Mask Requirements and Other COVID-19 Policies, provides physicians a quick resource  on current CDC guidance, current policies of the Texas Medical Board (TMB), and the governor’s latest executive order on mask mandates.

Some of the questions addressed in the FAQ are:

  • Do vaccinated patients visiting my office and vaccinated staff still need to wear a face mask?
  • Do I still need to screen staff for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure?
  • Does TMB still require minimum COVID-19 safe practice standards?
  • Can practices still require masking for all patients, vaccinated or not?

TMA also released a poster for practices to download, print, and post in their offices to publicize the office’s face-covering requirement. It explains to patients that face coverings are required in the office for their own well-being and the safety of staff.

Last Updated On

June 11, 2021

Joey Berlin

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Joey Berlin is associate editor of Texas Medicine. His previous work includes stints as a reporter and editor for various newspapers and publishing companies, and he’s covered everything from hard news to sports to workers’ compensation. Joey grew up in the Kansas City area and attended the University of Kansas. He lives in Austin.

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